Development of an International Program for Student Nurses

Thursday, 15 July 2010: 2:25 PM

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ARNP, BC
Sharleen Simpson, PhD, ARNP, BC
College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Learning Objective 1: identify fundamental principles applicable to the development of global health experiences for undergraduate nursing students across academic settings.

Learning Objective 2: identify educational strategies to facilitate students’ understanding of differences found when working with individuals from other cultures.

Educational programs aimed to enhance cultural knowledge and competence are critical to promote understanding of underlying cultural influences that impact health care.  Interventions that integrate structured cultural immersion experiences are necessary to assist nursing students to become proficient for the provision of healthcare in a diverse society.  Collaborative  efforts between The University of Florida (UF) and The Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) have provided a mechanism to pursue the development of  global health experiences for undergraduate nursing students.  The development of formal coursework in association with cultural immersion activities has been of assistance to students in the identification, reflection, and better understanding of the differences and similarities found when working with individuals from other cultures.  The process to develop the relationship between involved entities, the perspective from faculty members at each institution, and students’ reactions to the experience will be discussed.